Brian Kernighan Quotes

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Brian Kernighan Quotes

Trivia rarely affect efficiency. Are all the machinations worth it, when their primary effect is to make the code less readable?
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For better or worse, the people who become leaders and decision makers in politics, law and business are going to come from schools like Princeton.

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I really enjoyed Princeton as a graduate student.

— Brian Kernighan

Unix has, I think for many years, had a reputation as being difficult to learn and incomplete. Difficult to learn means that the set of shared conventions, and things that are assumed about the way it works, and the basic mechanisms, are just different from what they are in other systems.

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Each new user of a new system uncovers a new class of bugs.

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The most effective debugging tool is still careful thought, coupled with judiciously placed print statements.

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Mechanical rules are never a substitute for clarity of thought.

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As we said in the preface to the first edition, C "wears well as one's experience with it grows." With a decade more experience, we still feel that way.

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An effective way to test code is to exercise it at its natural boundaries

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If you're as clever as you can be when you write it, how will you ever debug it?

— Brian Kernighan

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